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Halloween footprint and hand craft

Super easy Halloween art...


ProTip: paint baby's hands/feet while in their high chair so that they are strapped down and don't immediately run all over the house putting their painted foot and hand prints everywhere.



New Allergy Mom

Well, we finally had the suspicions confirmed today. Severe, anaphylactic allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, coconut and sesame.  I'm in mourning over the Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and Reese's Pieces he will never have. I mean, come on, he was named after my favorite childhood movie, E.T.. Obviously, I am a Reese's Pieces fan. In fact, when I have a chance to bake it's almost always some kind of chocolate-peanut butter concoction. When I need a quick, filling lunch, it's a peanut butter sandwich.  Of course, his safety and health is of our first concern, but I can't honestly say I'm not heartbroken. It's going to be a hard road ahead...


Immediately after the test

One minute later 


It's Halloween


Holy moly, Halloween in suburbia with a toddler is A BLAST! Exhausting, overwhelming and drink-provoking too, but definitely a blast.

After watching the Curious George Halloweenfest "movie" no less than 20 times, Little E was confident he understood Halloween and would excel at "booing net-burs" with his friends.

And you know what, he was right...


Especially the houses that just leave bowls of candy unattended. He LOVED those, no people to scare him away.

Even little brother, Oliver, got in on the action...




Moving On

I never thought we'd leave this house. I'm not sure why I thought that. It must be the floors. Damn, I love these floors.

Also, the back yard can't be beat.

And the location is pretty stellar, only 10 minutes to Downtown Orlando, 5 minutes to the expressway.

But, it’s not quite the family neighborhood we envisioned raising our kid(s) in. Surprise, yep, we’re expecting our second child this summer! Another little boy. So, it’s time to find a neighborhood with parks, sidewalks, bicycle paths, and community activities.

We are moving to an adorable little town with an active Main Street with restaurants and shops. It has a definite hometown feel.


And the neighborhood is wonderful. Tons of green spaces, parks, pools and other amenities. It’s new construction, but the houses aren't typical suburban, Florida stucco. They have historic styles and old-Florida charm. All the houses have big front porches and we're hopeful we can spend time enjoying life and getting to know our neighbors, while relaxing on our porch swing or in our rocking chairs. Needless to say, we are excited for our next chapter.